May 31, 2010

Humanitarian Activism, Turkish style

"Peace Activist" on board Turkish ship prior to the arrival of Israeli forces:

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Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=176970

This will give you a feel for what the Israelis had to deal with when boarding the Turkish "humanitarian aid" ship:

The Navy commandos were prepared to mostly encounter political activists seeking to hold a protest, rather than trained street fighters. The soldiers were told they were to verbally convince activists who offer resistance to give up, and only then use paintballs. They were permitted to use their handguns only under extreme circumstances.

The planned rush towards the vessel’s bridge became impossible, even when a second chopper was brought in with another crew of soldiers. “Throw stun grenades,” shouted Flotilla 13’s commander who monitored the operation. The Navy chief was not too far, on board a speedboat belonging to Flotilla 13, along with forces who attempted to climb into the back of the ship.

The forces hurled stun grenades, yet the rioters on the top deck, whose number swelled up to 30 by that time, kept on beating up about 30 commandos who kept gliding their way one by one from the helicopter. At one point, the attackers nabbed one commando, wrested away his handgun, and threw him down from the top deck to the lower deck, 30 feet below. The soldier sustained a serious head wound and lost his consciousness.

Only after this injury did Flotilla 13 troops ask for permission to use live fire. The commander approved it: You can go ahead and fire. The soldiers pulled out their handguns and started shooting at the rioters’ legs, a move that ultimately neutralized them. Meanwhile, the rioters started to fire back at the commandos.

“I saw the tip of a rifle sticking out of the stairwell,” one commando said. “He fired at us and we fired back. We didn’t see if we hit him. We looked for him later but couldn’t find him.” Two soldiers sustained gunshot wounds to their knee and stomach after rioters apparently fired at them using guns wrested away from troops.

IDF video of scene follows...

Update by Allahakchew aka SH. Second video added showing unarmed peace activist hitting an IDF soldier with a pipe and then stabbing him with a knife.

h/t Carl in Jerusalem

Update II by Allahakchew aka SH. Via IDF Spokesperson Close up video added showing immediate attack on IDF soldiers by so called peace activists.

Update III by Allahakchew aka SH: Video of weapons found on ship of misunderstanders of what unarmed means

Note: Peace activists don't want this shown even though they filmed it. It's being flagged like crazy..

Can't let the truth get in the way now can they? Feckers

By Hetz Shahor at 08:26 AM | |